Desailly hangs up boots at Chelsea

6th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, July 5 (AFP) - Former France captain Marcel Desailly has left English Premiership runners-up Chelsea, the club announced Monday.

LONDON, July 5 (AFP) - Former France captain Marcel Desailly has left English Premiership runners-up Chelsea, the club announced Monday.

The centre-back spent six years at the west London club, making 222 appearances, including 94 as captain.

He won the UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and Charity Shield with the club, and was part of the team which finished second (2004) and third (1999) in the Premier League and reached the quarter-finals (2000) and semi-finals (2004) of the UEFA Champions League.

Desailly will return to France afer cancelling his contract by mutual consent.

The 35-year-old confirmed his retirement from international football on Sunday.

World Cup and Euro 2000 winner Desailly made his 116th and last appearance for France in the 2-2 draw with Croatia in the first round of Euro 2004.

New Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho had said Monday that there was a vacancy in Desailly's position in his trimmed-down squad.

© AFP

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